The Global Wind Summit, held from 25 to 28 September in the German port city and commercial hub Hamburg, is the biggest and most important gathering of the global wind industry. It combines WindEnergy Hamburg, the world’s leading wind industry expo, with the global conference of the leading wind energy Association WindEurope, forming a unique, first-rate platform for the onshore and offshore wind industry to engage in business, networking and information-sharing activities. Numerous companies from China, the world's biggest wind energy market by far, have shown a strong interest in presenting their products and services at WindEnergy Hamburg. China’s turbine and component suppliers, along with other members of the value chain, increasingly focus on international markets for their product and service offerings, and to identify cooperation partners. In support of the world’s leading wind industry expo, the trade associations Chinese Wind Energy Equipment Association (CWEEA) and Jiangsu Renewable Energy Association (JSREA) have formed delegations which will travel to Hamburg.
China, Asia’s fast growing largest wind market
At the end of last year wind power provided 4.8% of China’s electricity need, indicate figures derived from the GWEC Global Wind Report 2017. Additional figures indicate 19.7GW on new turbines added last year, propelling China’s cumulative onshore and offshore installed base to nearly 169GW. China further added 1,164MW offshore last year to a cumulative total of nearly 2.8GW. This final offshore wind market take-off propelled the country to a third place globally behind the UK and Germany.
MAKE, a provider of intelligence to the wind and renewable energy industry, says that China is poised to surpass its national cumulative wind power target of 210GW for 2020. These and other figures from the Regional Report - China Wind Power Outlook 2018, indicate that on average Chinese wind developers will connect 23GW new turbines annually over a 10-year outlook period up until 2027. But MAKE foresees first a wind market slow-down until 2020 caused by the transition from the current feed-in-tariff (FIT) to the new auction mechanism, and parallel negative curtailment for connecting new turbines due to insufficient grid connection capacity. However, they expect annual grid connection capacity to surpass installed capacity already in this year and stay ahead of it through the remaining outlook period. The new auction system is set to boost annual wind capacity additions overall from 2021 to 2027 once the schemes are established in the region. That time China’s cumulative grid-connected wind capacity will have reached over 400GW.
China’s main electricity demand is along the east coastline. The country has abundant onshore and offshore wind resources, and about 14,500 km coastline from the Bohai gulf in the north to the Gulf of Tonkin in the south. Wind speeds increase from north to south along China’s east coast, partly due to the more frequent occurrence of typhoons in the south, with additional challenges to all turbine suppliers active here.
At WindEnergy Hamburg 2018 there are 39 Chinese companies present. The exhibitor list includes many hardware suppliers including turbine OEM’s Envision Energy, Ming Yang Smart Energy and gearbox/turbine producer CRRC. Envision will showcase the latest EN-148 4.5MW turbine model together with its latest developments in the 2MW and 3MW product portfolio for onshore applications. It is increasingly active at international markets, with for instance projects in South America covering Chile, Mexico and Argentina.
Ming Yang to make first appearance at WindEnergy Hamburg
Ming Yang Smart Energy for the first time actively participates in a WindEnergy Hamburg trade fair, said Executive President & CTO, Mr. Zhang Qiying: “This global event offers us a unique chance to showcase our latest products, in-house technology, and optimal solutions to international visitors. Extensive upgrades of our MySE compact drive medium-speed onshore and offshore turbines continue to combine high performance and reliability. Our experts will highlight features and benefits of all models and their combined track records.” MingYang has built wind projects outside China in Pakistan, India and Bulgaria.
A number of specialised suppliers will showcase their products in the Chinese national pavilion at the world’s leading wind industry expo, including WuXi BaoLu Heavy Industry, a forgery specialist that produces various steel wind turbine components like tower flanges, main shafts, gearbox shafts, sleeves and cylinders. Another, Xi'an Airborne Electromagnetic Technology, is a ‘total solution provider’ of lightning and electromagnetic environment protection solution. A third, Guangzhou Goaland Energy Conservation Tech, produces water-cooling devices for power-electronic equipment like frequency converters.
Leading foreign turbine suppliers and WindEnergy Hamburg exhibitors with production presence in China include GE, Siemens Gamesa, and Vestas. GE for instance operates a nacelle/hub assembly plant plus an LM Wind Power rotor blade factory that also serves third-party customers, and now with blade lengths of over of 75.1m. Siemens Gamesa produces rotor blades and assembles nacelles & hubs. The manufacturer had already licensed its 4MW, 6MW, and 7MW offshore turbine models to a Chinese supplier, and the latest agreement signed this March covers the new 8MW SG 8.0-167 DD model upgrade.
Hamburg exhibitors US-based TPI Composites and Vestas earlier this year signed a multiyear supply agreement, whereby TPI provides rotor blades for the new Vestas V150-4.2 MW aimed at local and global markets. A new TPI blade facility in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, is scheduled to commence operations in the first half of 2019. “With this agreement, TPI Composites will produce blades for Vestas’ market-leading V150-4.2 MW turbine, which uses Vestas’ longest and most advanced blades, highlighting our ability to continuously build and sustain supply chain flexibility that is critical in today’s global wind energy market”, says Jean-Marc Lechêne, executive vice president and chief operating officer at Vestas.
Examples of main component suppliers at WindEnergy Hamburg with manufacturing presence in China include bearing specialists Rothe Erde, Schaeffler (FAG) and SKF. They face competition from Chinese exhibitors like Tianma (Chengdu) Railway Bearing Co. Ltd, which manufactures bearings as well as gearboxes for wind turbines.
Germany’s Winergy and ZF Wind Power each have a gearbox manufacturing presence in China. They and their Chinese competitor NGC Group will showcase the latest advances in in-house intelligent gearbox technology at WindEnergy Hamburg. This July Finnish exhibitor and gearbox supplier Moventas announced entry in China. Business Development Manager Janne-Pekka Yrjönen:” This offers unique business opportunities because China’s size, growth potential and rapid development. A local footprint is a natural step to capture some future growth expected. We also want to support our partners locally and attract Chinese turbine manufacturers.”
WindEnergy Hamburg and Husum Wind
The Global Wind Summit will be held in Hamburg, the capital of the wind industry, from 25 to 28 September 2018. At WindEnergy Hamburg, roughly 1400 exhibitors from around the world will present their product innovations and projects. The world’s leading wind industry expo for the onshore and offshore wind industry mirrors the global market and its entire value chain. In parallel, WindEurope will hold the Global Onshore and Offshore Conference in the halls of Hamburg Messe. The world of wind energy gathers in Hamburg for the Global Wind Summit every two years. At its partner event, HUSUM Wind, the Who's Who of the German wind industry will meet for the following year’s most important German wind trade fair from 10 to 13 September 2019. From global market leaders to business pioneers and innovative start-ups, onshore and offshore businesses will be showing cutting-edge technology, product trends and examples of best practice from Germany and the neighbouring EU countries. For further information please visit windenergyhamburg.com and husumwind.com